If the reports of the scheduling of a cloture vote for tonight on the draft immigration bill are correct –I have read them, but haven’t seen or heard any official comment on it– the Republican senators who vote for it should expect lasting damage to their standing in the party. Very few –if any– senators have read the final bill, and having spent hours this weekend studying the Friday night draft, I know the complexities here are far too great to puzzle out in even a couple of weeks’ time. Demanding cloture today or even this week is a giveaway that the bill is fundamentally flawed. It will also be a lasting marker of contempt for their supporters’ opinions on the part of those senators voting to end debate before it has even begun.
The Senate switchboard is 202-225-3121. Call your GOP senators and demand they vote against cloture and the John McCain jam down tonight and all week.
UPDATE: Senator Sessions will be on the program this afternoon to discuss the procedural aspects of the Senate debate. Some Hill sources are telling me that tonight’ s vote does not preclude a filibuster if the draft doesn’t significantly improve over the next three weeks.